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Justin Upton Hits Mammoth HR, Braves Beat Miami

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Justin Upton #8 (Photo Credit: Leon Halip/Getty Images Sport )

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Justin Upton hit one of the longest home runs ever seen at Atlanta’s spring training complex, a towering drive that cleared the grass berm beyond left field, as the Braves defeated the Miami Marlins 7-6 Monday.

Upton’s teammates estimated the homer went at least 450 feet. It was his first hit of spring since joining the Braves in a blockbuster trade with Arizona.

The Marlins led 1-0 when Jason Heyward opened the fourth with a drive over the right-field wall. Upton made it back-to-back homers off loser Scott Maine, and brother B.J. Upton chipped in with a double, coming around to score on a stolen base and wild pitch.

Atlanta extended the lead to 7-1 before Miami put together a five-run eighth. Anthony Varvaro worked the ninth for a save.

Braves 7, Marlins 6

 Miami ab r h bi Atlanta ab r h bi
Coghlan lf 3 1 2 0 Pastornicky ss 4 0 1 0
Yelich lf 1 0 1 1 Heyward dh 3 1 1 1
D.Solano 2b 3 0 0 0 T.Cunningham ph-dh 1 0 0 0
D.Dietrich 2b 2 0 0 0 J.Upton lf 3 1 2 2
Stanton rf 3 0 1 0 J.Terdoslavich lf-rf 1 0 0 0
J.Brown rf 2 1 1 0 F.Freeman 1b 3 0 0 0
Mahoney 1b 3 0 2 1 E.Gattis c 1 0 1 0
Kouzmanoff 1b 2 0 1 0 B.Upton cf 3 1 2 0
D.Black pr 0 0 0 0 E.Mejia 1b 1 0 0 0
Silverio dh 5 1 2 1 Uggla 2b 2 1 0 0
Cox 3b 3 0 1 0 J.Parraz lf 1 0 0 0
M.Downs 3b 2 1 1 0 C.Johnson 3b 3 1 2 0
Hechavarria ss 2 0 0 0 J.Leonard 3b 1 0 1 0
Valaika ss 0 0 0 1 J.Schafer rf-cf 3 1 1 0
K.Skipworth c 2 0 0 0 Pagnozzi c 2 1 1 3
J.Realmuto c 2 1 1 1 E.Reyes 2b 1 0 0 0
G.Hernandez cf 3 0 0 0
Marisnick cf 1 1 1 1
Totals 39 6 14 6 Totals 33 7 12 6
Miami 001 000 050—6
Atlanta 000 313 00x—7

E_Uggla (2). DP_Miami 2, Atlanta 1. LOB_Miami 9, Atlanta 5. 2B_Coghlan (1), J.Brown (1), Kouzmanoff (1), Silverio (1), M.Downs (1), B.Upton (2), J.Leonard (1), Pagnozzi (1). 3B_Marisnick (1). HR_Heyward (2), J.Upton (1). SB_B.Upton (1). CS_B.Upton (1). SF_Valaika.

IP H R ER BB SO
Miami
LeBlanc 2 0 0 0 0 2
Jor.Smith 1 1 0 0 0 0
Maine L,0-1 1 3 3 3 0 0
A.Caminero 1 2 1 1 1 1
Z.Phillips 1 4 3 3 1 0
S.Dyson 1 1 0 0 0 1
Talbot 1 1 0 0 0 0
Atlanta
Medlen 2 2 0 0 0 2
Kimbrel 1 2 1 1 0 0
Avilan W,1-0 1 1 0 0 1 0
Gearrin 1 1 0 0 0 0
C.Martinez 2 1 0 0 1 1
Y.Flande 1 6 5 5 0 0
Varvaro S,1-1 1 1 0 0 0 0

HBP_by A.Caminero (Pagnozzi). WP_Maine, Medlen.

Umpires_Home, Hunter Wendelstedt; First, Jerry Layne; Second, Jeff Nelson; Third, Joe West.

T_2:31. A_3,105 (9,500).

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press

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